Last team in no more, North Dakota is going to Philadelphia.
UND spent last Saturday needing Wisconsin to defeat Ohio State to make the NCAA Hockey Tournament. The Badgers complied and after defeating UW itself last night in Cincinnati 5-2, North Dakota did the same against Ferris State.
Junior Connor Gaarder scored the game-winning-goal 1:28 into the second overtime as fourth seed North Dakota came back for a 2-1 victory over second seed Ferris State in the longest NCAA Tournament game in team history.
Following a scoreless first period, Cory Kane gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead 7:31 into the second. Ferris' lead lasted just over three minutes, though. UND junior Stephane Pattyn beat Hobey Baker finalist CJ Motte on the power play with 9:20 remaining in the second for the equalizer and last goal for 50 minutes between the goalies and both teams were playing on subpar ice.
That was until Gaarder, an Edina, MN native playing on North Dakota's fourth line, got his 8th goal of the season and third in three games to dash Ferris' dreams.
Dave Hakstol's team will play the West Region winner. That won't be known until Sunday night, however, it will be one of either Minnesota, St. Cloud State or Notre Dame. (The Gophers already advanced to the regional finals and SCSU currently leads Notre Dame 3-2 after 40 minutes.) Regardless of who wins the West, any of those match-ups would be good for North Dakota.
Now UND is the one doing the waiting.